Travis & Ginger’s winter wedding in Henderson, MN.

Having a January winter wedding in Minnesota is a good idea.  Especially if you plan accordingly for the Midwest’s lovely cold and snowy weather as Ginger and Travis did.  You can give your guests the ultimate party to banish their winter blues.

This winter wedding was a lovely mix of formal and cozy Midwest vibes.  Ginger and Travis decided to dress and prepare for their wedding without a photographer and started their time with me by having their first look at the Roadhaus event space.

The expression on their faces when they saw each other is the best.  All that joy and excitement.

Afterward, we went outside for our first part of the portraits.  When you’re having a winter wedding it’s best to spend quick little bits of time outside.  You still get the same amount of portraits without staying out in the cold for a long time.  Ginger had a really nice winter wedding coat.  She was also brave and took her coat off!  Because why not?  Then we went back inside and warmed up for a bit before heading out again.

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I found a lot of the detail shots that happened during this wedding were done very organically.  As in, I saw opportunities for fantastic details while we were posing or walking and quickly caught them.  And Ginger’s shoes are proof you really don’t have to sacrifice your style for winter weddings.  If you want to wear formal shoes, go for it!

Winter Wedding Ceremony in Henderson MN.

Once we went back inside and finished the portraits, the afternoon was slowly fading to evening, and preparations for the ceremony were underway.  This before-ceremony part is when I step back and let you have your time getting ready while I do more photojournalistic coverage of what’s going on.  Before you know it you’re walking down the aisle.

There’s always that moment of joy at the end of the ceremony that happens so fast.  The “We did it!” look.  I’m waiting for it like a hawk after the first kiss is done.   This one was fast to the point of motion in the picture.  Ginger moving forward, myself moving in preparation for the couple to walk down the aisle.  I like the effect, showing some movement in the background and making her stand out.  Then all at once, her dress is bustled and the reception starts.

Receptions at Winter Weddings

The thing you need to remember about winter weddings is your reception is successful when it’s a cozy, warm party.  This reception radiated warmth as guests hit the dance floor.  Everyone was able to forget about how cold it was and remember how good it was to celebrate Ginger and Travis.

I think these pictures sum up why a winter wedding in Henderson MN, in January when it’s 30 below zero at night is a really good idea.

Thank you to the following wedding professionals:

Henderson Roadhaus Events  |  Everly Lace LLCT West Media Video Services  |  Luxe Bridal | DJ Sound Productions

I’m a wedding photographer in Belle Plaine, MN with experience at weddings in all kinds of midwestern weather. You can contact me via email here.   

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